Herb Container Gardening
Make sure it has
drainage holes in the bottom. Plastic pots and glazed terra-cotta pots have the advantage of being better
retainers of moisture compared to unglazed clay pots. The best herbs to use for these pots would be water-loving
herbs like basil and stevia.
Unglazed clay pots
have the advantage of allowing roots to breathe better since they dry out quicker. The best type of herbs to
grow in terra-cotta pots would be drought tolerant Mediterranean herbs or
Minimum size of
container for growing popular herbs:
lavender, summer savory, thyme: 4-6``
Dill, mint, rosemary,
sage, winter savory, parsley: 8-12``
However, note that
the larger the depth, the better and bigger your herbs will grow. The ideal depth of your herb container is
You can buy a
soil-less mixture especially for containers, or you can make your own mixture that is great for herbs:
1 part potting
1 part coconut
Feed with organic
fertilizer once or twice a month.
If you are combining
different types of plants together in one container make sure they prefer the same kind of lighting conditions,
moisture, and feeding routine.
rosemary, sage, savory, scented geranium and thyme can be planted together because they all love hot weather,
drier conditions, and don’t require that much fertilizer. These herbs are aromatic and need a minimum of 6 hours
of direct sunlight.
fennel, parsley seeds can be sown in early spring and prefer cooler weather. Placing them together in a partly
shady area works fine.
Basil and stevia like
the heat and moist soil conditions. A minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight is required.
*If you are concerned
about the unsustainable harvesting of sphagnum peat moss, try using composted leaves (leaf mold) or coconut coir
as an alternative.
Written By: Lea Tran